Patrick Murphy leads Allen West after partial recount

November 12, 2012

After a recount of ballots cast during three days of early voting in Florida's St. Lucie County, Democrat Patrick Murphy still leads Rep. Allen West (R) by a margin of more than 0.5 percent, more than enough to avoid an automatic recount of all votes. 

West gained votes, but Murphy still held a 50.3 percent share of the ballots and an overall lead of 1,907 votes.

West's team called the recount a "sham," arguing that all eight days of early ballots should be recounted and threatening further legal action.

"West for Congress will pursue every legal means necessary to ensure a fair election," campaign manager Tim Edson said in a statement.

Officials said they recounted ballots from every day that issues occurred with voting machines' memory cards. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · November 12, 2012